Monday, March 27, 2006

For Beginner Stamps Collector

If you are new at collecting stamps, one of the best ways to start is to ask family and friends. Grandparents tend to save mementoes from the past, especially letters and postcards from loved ones. If you have friends that work in high traffic areas, i.e., places where mail from different parts of the world either crosses their desk or is sent to their department, that is a wonderful opportunity to increase or start your collection.

Another effective way is to buy packets of stamps. Very few people when first starting immediately go for the expensive and rare stamps. Stamps bought in this way can be themed (for example stamps from all around the world depicting things such as animals, national parks or ships) or on a country-by-country basis.

Keeping stamps safely

To keep stamps safely they should be kept in an album or stock sheet, or even in a clean containers. Don't leave stamps lying around the house.
Most collectors, when working with their stamps, handle them with stamp tongs. While resembling tweezers, they do not have the sharp tip, and, if used properly, will not damage a stamp. The use of tongs prevents damage to the stamp from skin oils or rough handling. Stamp tongs are available from most stamp dealers.


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